Politics

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

To the Editor:

As an ex-South African who was affected by and had friends scarred and killed by “The Terrorism Act” and its spy network during the anti-Apartheid days, I’m so alarmed by the doors of abuse opened by Prime Minister Harper’s Bill C-51 that I’ve committed to co-organizing – with local childcare worker Michelle Davis -- Castlegar’s part in the nation-wide “Defend Our Freedom” rally this Saturday , March 14, at 1 pm in Spirit Square, 460 Columbia Avenue.

Minimum wage earners in BC get a slight bump up with government announcement

Minister Shirley Bond announces increase to minimum wage and liquor server.

The B.C. government increased the minimum wage to $10.45 per hour effect September 15 of this year said Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond Thursday.

At the same time, Bond said the wage for liquor server will get bumped up from $9.00 to $9.20 per hour.

“Raising the minimum wage allows B.C. to keep pace with minimum wages in the rest of Canada while maintaining our competitiveness,” Bond said.

Search and Rescue Needs a Home -- and How Much Swimming in Star Gulch would Cost

Search and Rescue Needs a Home -- and How Much Swimming in Star Gulch would Cost

For Meetings Held March 9 and 10, 2015

Rossland City Council is busy, busy, busy.  On March 9, they met at 5:00 pm for a brief "in camera" session to discuss litigation; then opened the doors to the public at 5:30 pm for a Committee of the Whole ("COW") meeting until 6:00 pm; then moved to a Public Hearing on two applications, then moved into the regular meeting and worked until after 10:00 pm. 

New finance ministry fact sheet omits a bit

New finance ministry fact sheet omits a bit

When something changes from one week to the next for no apparent reason, it sparks some curiosity, as is the case with the B.C. finance ministry's “Keeping taxes low for B.C. families” fact sheet posted to its website only a week after the provincial budget.

It favours spin right from the top. The first two lines, classic.

“B.C. families generally have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in Canada including income taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, health care premiums and payroll taxes.”

City's seeks input on proposed 2 percent tax increase in 2015 budget

City council holds costs on critical services like sewer, water and electrical rates.

Late last week the City of Nelson unveiled its proposed $40 million 2015 budget that would include a 2 percent tax increase, with the hope that Nelson residents will provide input before the budget is finalized.

According to a press release issued by the City, the 2 percent increase accounts for only the cost of inflation and when combined with in-house cost savings by staff, will allow the city to continue providing the wide range of services is currently does.

Don't count out the Greens in new Kootenay-Columbia riding

Candidate Bill Green says the Green Party should not be taken lightly in the upcoming Federal Election. — Submitted photo

The NDP held its nomination meeting Sunday in Cranbrook to name Wayne Stetski as its candidate in the upcoming Federal Election.

And now Kootenay-Columbia Green Party candidate Bill Green, nominated last year, is taking to the election trail with a prediction that the Green Party shouldn’t be underestimated in the upcoming federal election widely expected to take place in October.

West Arm Provinical Park to grow by 1,219 hectares — Caribou population benefits

West Arm Provincial Park is one of six BC parks to be expanded under Bill 8.

Environment Minister Mary Polak has announced that the West Arm Provincial Park is one of six BC parks to be expanded under Bill 8 which was introduced on March 2.

The park will gain 1,219 hectares on the south eastern edge directly behind Ymir peak.

The land is owned by the Crown, which  acquired two parcels of land totaling 1,219 hectares on March 31, 2005 from Pluto Darkwoods Corporation according to the Minister.

Government introduces legislation to enhance regulations for e-cigarettes

Governments look to control latest crave of some people, e-cigarettes.

British Columbia has introduced amendments to the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes, legislation that will help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in B.C.

“More and more young people are using e-cigarettes,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

“This legislation will limit the exposure to children of the possible dangers of e-cigarette vapour and the potential that e-cigarettes have to normalize smoking behaviour."

$50,000 buys city new revenue stream/saves 'critical' service

$50,000 buys city new revenue stream/saves 'critical' service

A new agreement with the Southeast Fire Centre will see the city spending roughly $50,000 initially – but recouping the loss over the term of the agreement and creating a new revenue stream for the city while ensuring the city's continuing role as the operations base for an important regional service.

City illuminates both process and walkway

City illuminates both process and walkway

As the city budget process gets into full swing, a public question at city council’s regular meeting Monday night has the city illuminating both the decision-making process and the Millennium Walkway for residents.

A question regarding repair of the Millennium Walkway lights (roughly one in every three lamps needs fixing on the south leg of the pathway after catastrophic floodwaters two years ago shorted the electrical systems – four or five in total) prompted Councillor Florio Vassilakakis to explain why the city is exploring solar versus LED alternatives.

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